MIAMI (AP) -- Mike Lowell and the Florida Marlins were enjoying a
record-setting night when, suddenly, a bat flew into the stands and
a horrific scene unfolded.
In the seventh inning of the Marlins' 20-1 win over Atlanta on
Tuesday night, a bat slipped from the hands of Atlanta's Darren
Bragg and struck an unidentified photographer."I saw a lot of blood," Lowell said. "I know the other camera
people were ducking. The guy was really laid out on the
stretcher."The man, working beyond the first-base dugout, sustained
lacerations to the face but never lost consciousness, the Marlins
said. He was airlifted to a hospital and there was no immediate
word on his condition.The game was held up for 18 minutes while the photographer was
tended to by medical personnel.Bragg was visibly shaken afterward."I'm told that he's OK, and I'm glad about that," Bragg said.
"I felt terrible when it happened. I found out right away that
they were calling for a stretcher, and I knew that was a bad
situation."The Marlins set a team record for runs and matched a team mark
with 25 hits, with Miguel Cabrera, Ivan Rodriguez and Luis Castillo
each getting four. The 20-year-old Cabrera drove in four runs and
scored four times.Lowell drove in three runs, a ftle ands second straight
start because of a strained right hamstring. Brian Banks, who
started in right field, committed an error on Rafael Furcal's
leadoff single, leading to an unearned run. ... Rodriguez has at
least one RBI in each of his last eight games, a career-high
streak. ... Cabrera's home run snapped an 0-for-19 streak. ...
Hampton had not allowed a home run in his previous five starts.